People have various choices and options when the term travelling comes into play. One thing that strikes my cords when it comes to travelling has to be trekking. The world has thousands of options to pick from. You can start your journey in a luxurious car, a public vehicle or an airplane. But for me, it has usually been and will be on foot. The amount of joy and excitement that comes your way is incredible. Mostly, people end up creating an outline of who, what, when, where and how. Honestly, the answers to all these questions are unimaginable. Dame Nature has a bucket full of experiences to offer.
An unforgettable memory:
Shrikhand Mahadev is a pilgrimage trek in India that leads to 75 ft. tall Shivalingam, and has a special place in my heart. It was the first ever dangerous treks I attempted to go on. Why am I calling it dangerous? It is because every year the trek opens for only 15 to 20 days in the month of July, due to unfavorable weather conditions. However, the peak is situated at an altitude of 18,000 feet above the sea level.
Dream come true:
The trek to Shrikhand Mahadev takes around 10 days to complete, but I completed it in just three days. It was not less than an achievement for me. I am sure everybody has a wish list typed either in a secret diary or stamped inside the brain. It would be hard to believe, but trust me my list only had this particular place on it.
I don’t think I can ever forget the evening of July 6, 2017. In middle of the conversation with my elder sister, we suddenly decided to leave for the trek. This had to be an exciting journey. Both of us packed our bags and left the house. Undoubtedly, we were on cloud nine, but deep inside we were worried about the fact that we are leading to the abodes of Lord Shiva, one of the ‘toughest’ treks. An interesting side to the trip was that it was a call from the mountains, especially from Lord Shiva.
The ascending trek started with beautiful green alpine meadows, where nature seemed at its best. As we kept climbing, we got to a point where the board read, “Last habitation point.” When you come across messages like this, you tend to freak out. All you have to do is keep your determination on point. This formula kept me going.
The best part of trekking for me has to be the nights spend inside a tent that comes with no guarantee. The scenes changed as we moved ahead. We stayed in a tent, as repeated stops are a major requirement in order to adapt the changes in the climate and take rest. The sound of the flowing river is an amazing story till date. I call it- the best night out ever.
On the top:
It is during the daylight when people start trekking so as to enjoy all the beautiful sites on the way to the peak. On the way to the final destination, we not only came across breathtaking waterfalls, but walking on huge glaciers was not less than a challenge. This amazing trek brings in front of you various colors of nature altogether. Once you reach at 13,000 feet, you are at Parvati Baag. It is considered to be the staircase to heaven on earth, Mahadev peak. Right after we reached 16,000 feet, was the most dreadful upright climb. There was no life beyond it. All that could be seen were the rocks and stones stacked that led to the heroic ‘Shivling’. The vibes on the top, absolutely, touched my soul.
Nature at its best:
The terms trek and nature not only reminds me of Shrikhand Mahadev alone, but again adds up to my memories of my second most thrillful trek to Shikari Devi. How can I forget to mention it? It was a planned mission, but never thought of ending up walking for 22 kilometers straight.
Shikari Devi Temple is located at the height of 10,768 feet from the sea-level in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The memory was captured on July 10, 2018. We started the trek exactly at 7 a.m. and made it around 10:30 at night. All we knew was the name of our destination; clueless about the path that was going to lead us to the temple. Regardless of the certainty that our phones will stop working after reaching a specific altitude, we never gave it a second thought. Once you have decided to head out, all that comes on plate afterwards is the end result of your decision. You have to have faith, but your willpower comes first.
A French poet, Victor Marie Hugo said, “People do not lack strength; they lack will.”
It’s not only about the chills and thrills you gain from such adventures. But this escapade built a bridge that not only connects you to the Mother Nature but also helps you put together all the experiences you gain, while you are out there on your own.
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